Wednesday, April 20, 2011


This garden train was my personal favourite of the whole show. I think it's pretty. I could totally stand to have something like this in my backyard. Hear that honey?

It is no secret that my husband LOVES trains. What's with boys and trains? I don't really get it. He could watch them for hours. He has passed on this love of trains to Mady (and racecars. Weird, I know). So, this past weekend we took the girls to Supertrain. It's a model railway show that showcases various individuals' and train clubs' model train set-ups. It really is a ton of fun to watch, even for non-train obsessed people like myself. These people have put a lot of hours into their trains.
And it was PACKED! (the weather was crap and so I'm sure there were people taking advantage of something fun to do that's different, indoors and out of the house.)

It was truly an all-ages type of show. I loved seeing the little boys in their railway hats looking beside themselves with glee that they were in train heaven. And then seeing the little old grandpa's who are also dressed in their railway hats, just as beside themselves with glee in train heaven. I overheard one grown-up jokingly say to his buddy "why are there so many kids here?" Ha! Obviously he viewed this as a show geared to his age bracket.

Well, what kind of trains were there? All scales (and that's all I'll say about that because I don't understand the technical terms), Thomas the Tank Engine and even Lego trains. Plus vendors of everything train and model-train related.

This one is downtown Calgary, complete the C-train all made of Lego

Sorry in advance for all the back-of-Mady's-head pictures. It's hard to capture your kid watching something, especially when thousands of other people are trying to do the same thing.

I know all the trains end up looking the same size in pictures when you have nothing to compare them to, but this was one of the teeniest trains. I like the little ones for the details.

Kaitlyn wasn't as interested in looking at the trains, except as an attempt to stay awake as it was totally nap time. I was hoping she would fall asleep in the stroller, but she had no desire to do such a thing. So instead I took her picture to prove she was there, because I realized last weekend when we went to Aggie days, I totally missed making sure we had a picture of Kate. Sorry, sweetie!

 Mady's favourite set up was the big trains that go in peoples' gardens. One of my friend's dad has one in his backyard so we'll have to go over this summer and see it. This is his train club, but we didn't see him.

I know this is a little blurry, but I loved the stance she took leaning against the wall to see better.

Watching for the train to come...

...and catching the smoke! (she thought that was great!)

So that was our day at Supertrain. If you live in the area and you know a little boy (or girl!) who loves trains (or even one who's a big older *wink*), you should be sure to check it out.


  1. looks like it was fun!! have you guys been out to the Nanto train place?? it's awsome, lots of trains to play with, and a HUGE Train set up to watch!! it's a lot of fun!! plus the candy store there rocks!! we should go this summer!!

  2. I love the catching the smoke picture!

    I did not know that there are trains that people put in their gardens. How cool is that?!?!?!

  3. oh my son would loooove this. just this last Christmas, my husband made him a train table for his room (thomas of course). Well, it's a little bigger than his bed, so there is barely room to walk around it. lol
    - ourhometoyours

  4. We have this awesome place in town called "choo choo bob's" train store, it is both fun for adults and kids, I swear- and it's next to an ice cream shop too. recipe for fun OR disaster?


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